Children’s Ministries

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Like all members in the church community, children require holistic faith formation: time to sing, time to dance, time to laugh, time to learn, time to pray, and time to reflect. This is why children begin Sunday worship in the sanctuary and participate alongside adults in events and service throughout the church—children are a vital part of our church community.

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Common Questions

While the church isn’t meeting in person for worship, we continue to find new ways to connect virtually and continue offering a variety of programs for children and adults. Children’s worship resources and videos are shared on Fridays for kids to worship alongside family on Sunday—or to engage on their own time. More information about how children can engage can be found further down on this page.

In the past, there were three main components to children’s education and worship on Sunday mornings: the nursery; education hour between services; and worship centers. More information about these offerings can be found at the bottom of this page. As we move into reopening some time in the future, we will communicate offerings and guidelines for children’s engagement in person through this website, our social media, and our email newsletters.

Together with the Minister for Children and Their Families, the Elder for Children’s Ministries leads the Children’s Ministries Committee that gives input on children’s programming. Many volunteers and support staff participate with kids  and help facilitate programs; many people on the children’s ministry team have extensive experience and expertise in education.

Our Minister for Children and Their Families, Nancy Greidanus, is available for questions about current children’s programming or if you have ideas or suggestions. Nancy is available at nancyg@wpcgr.org or 616-717-5541.

Children's Worship Resources and Program News

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Jesus’ Transfiguration

Children’s Worship for February 14, 2021 | Inspired by the Book of Mark | Westminster enjoys worshipping as a large

Open book

The Story of Zacchaeus

Children’s Worship for February 7, 2021 | Inspired by the Book of Luke, Chapter 19 | Westminster enjoys worshiping as

Jesus Shows His Authority

Children’s Worship for January 31, 2021 | Inspired by the Book of Mark, Chapter 1 | Westminster enjoys worshipping as

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Jonah and the Whale

Children’s Worship for January 24, 2021 | Inspired by the Book of Jonah | Westminster enjoys worshiping as a large

Time to Worship

Virtual worship on Sundays via our YouTube channel allows families to worship at their own pace. Children’s worship resources are also posted every Friday before worship on our website.

Time to Learn

Children’s worship resources shared virtually include memory verses, prayers, and bulletins for children to continue learning about that week’s Biblical story and chapter.

Time to Serve

Even during the pandemic, events like the Walk for Good Food allow children and adults community to serve together. Opportunities to serve are posted on our website and shared through our email newsletters.

Time to Sing

Children’s song videos are regularly posted so children can practice memorizing and singing along with a song of worship.

A Typical Sunday for Children at Westminster

The Westminster Nursery

The nursery opens for infants at 8:15am and remains open until 12:15am when church is in person. The nursery staff includes a supervisor, two paid caregivers, and one or two extra parents or volunteers. Children can play with books, toys, and puzzles, or spend time with the caregivers.

Baby being held in Nursery
Children setting-up scripture scene in sandbox in Worship Center

Education Hour

Between the 8:30 and 11:00am services that typically happen on Sundays, children’s education hour provides time to learn a Biblical story or set of events in a nurturing, interactive environment. From 9:40 to 10:50am, children engage with the story from multiple perspectives and learn in many ways—song, dance, acting out the story, art, and listening. Time together in children’s choirs takes up half of this time, as children are led in the Cantus, Cherub, or Carol Choirs.

Worship

All children begin worship in the sanctuary with the congregation, whether at the 8:30am service or the 11am service. About fifteen minutes into worship, the congregation blesses the children (ages five through second grade) to go to the worship centers designed for their age groups. In centers, children learn the rhythms and practices of worship in  interactive and movement-oriented lessons.

Starting in third grade, children are invited to remain in the sanctuary for the entirety of worship. Special bulletins and booklets are available at the back of the sanctuary to support their worship experience.

Westminster children acting out scene from scripture

Outside of Church

Children are encouraged to participate in all church events, such as events at camp, the Walk for Good Food, and Christmas Eve worship. Throughout the year, children’s education hour and children’s worship incorporate the themes and practices of the church calendar so children and their families can learn and grow together.

A Typical Sunday for Children at Westminster

The Westminster Nursery

The nursery opens for infants at 8:15am and remains open until 12:15am when church is in person. The nursery staff includes a supervisor, two paid caregivers, and one or two extra parents or volunteers. Children can play with books, toys, and puzzles, or spend time with the caregivers.

Baby being held in Nursery

Education Hour

Between the 8:30 and 11:00am services that typically happen on Sundays, children’s education hour provides time to learn a Biblical story or set of events in a nurturing, interactive environment. From 9:40 to 10:50am, children engage with the story from multiple perspectives and learn in many ways—song, dance, acting out the story, art, and listening. Time together in children’s choirs takes up half of this time, as children are led in the Cantus, Cherub, or Carol Choirs.

Children setting-up scripture scene in sandbox in Worship Center

Worship

All children begin worship in the sanctuary with the congregation, whether at the 8:30am service or the 11am service. About fifteen minutes into worship, the congregation blesses the children (ages five through second grade) to go to the worship centers designed for their age groups. In centers, children learn the rhythms and practices of worship in  interactive and movement-oriented lessons.

Starting in third grade, children are invited to remain in the sanctuary for the entirety of worship. Special bulletins and booklets are available at the back of the sanctuary to support their worship experience.

Westminster children acting out scene from scripture

Outside of Church

Children are encouraged to participate in all church events, such as events at camp, the Walk for Good Food, and Christmas Eve worship. Throughout the year, children’s education hour and children’s worship incorporate the themes and practices of the church calendar so children and their families can learn and grow together.